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Italian Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles C

Titles C

I Cannibali = The Year of the Cannibals
"The story of Antigone in the world that has gone urban and mass murder. One woman only sees the dead people as her brothers, hundreds of them, no being buried since the bodies indicate a message of subversion: you are going to be dead yourself if you're not as imposed. A woman and her male friend however take the risk and collect the bodies in order to give them a proper burial."

Il capitale umano = Human Capital
"With a lavish home and beautiful wife, hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi seemingly has it all. Meanwhile, real-estate agent Dino Ossola struggles to maintain his family's middle-class existence and faces even worse financial straits when his wife announces that she is pregnant with twins. Leveraging his daughter's relationships with Giovanni's son, Dino deceives the bank and manipulates his way into the Bernaschi hedge fund. As the destinies of both families become further entwined, a fateful hit-and-run accident sets in motion a chain of events, triggering dangerous consequences that will change their lives forever."

Il Cappotto = The Overcoat
"A poor city-hall clerks' only desire is for a new overcoat. The town Mayor is planning a reception for some visiting VIP's in honor of a new, wasteful piece of construction. The clerk bungles his assignment and is fired, but he stumbles onto some bribery concerning the architects and, to keep him quiet, he is given his job back as a bonus, which allows him to buy his long-cherished overcoat and it makes him so presentable he wins a new-found respect."

As profoundly simple as its hero’s famous statement 'I think, therefore I am,' Roberto Rossellini’s Cartesius is an intimate, psychological study of obsession and existential crisis.

Cesare deve morire
"As part of a rehabilitative prison program, inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's' Julius Caesar. As they rehearse, the prisoners find that the classic play has both a striking resonance and contrast to their confined lives.

Il Cielo cade  = The Sky Falls
"In 1944, newly-orphaned sisters, Penny and Baby, come to live in the Tuscan villa of their aunt and uncle. Their uncle is a German-Jewish intellectual, and discourages the pro-Mussolini and fascist sympathies the girls inherited from their late father. Penny and Baby gradually make friends in their new surroundings and become somewhat smitten with their uncle; but as war rages around them, the family receives a warning from the local priest to flee to Switzerland as the Nazis make towards their town."

Cinema Paradiso
"A young boy in a small Italian village is befriended by the projectionist at the movie theater, the Cinema Paradiso. As the boy grows up, he learns to love films, and is encouraged by his good friend to pursue his dream of one day making movies."

La città delle donne = City of Women
"In a railway coach Snp̉oraz wakes from a nap and seduces a beautiful stranger. Then he follows her through a forest to a weird hotel where a feminist convention is being held. He is so unnerved by the vociferous hostility of the militants that he hides in the mansion of a female killer who has wooed and won a thousand hearts. Snp̉oraz will be forced to run the gauntlet before waking up and realizing that his adventure was only a crazy nightmare."

I, Clowns =The Clowns
"Fellini's fascination with the circus and the surreal come to a head in one of his final masterpieces, The Clowns. The film reflects Fellini's childhood obsession with clowns and begins with a young boy watching a circus set up from his bedroom window. Though comical and referred to as a 'docu-comedy', this film explores deeper human conditions such as authority, poverty, humility and arrogance."

La commare secca
"The brutalized corpse of a prostitute is found in a Roman park, along the banks of the Tiber River. The police round up and interrogate a handful of possible suspects. Each has to explain why he is there. One of them is the killer."

The Conformist
"A 30-year-old Italian man is targeted by a Fascist espionage organization to lead a deadly mission in France. He has to arrange an assassination attempt on his former teacher, who is now a political threat. On his journey, his wife will see his troubled past and current moral dilemma violently collide."

Corpo celeste
"Thirteen year-old Marta, who has recently moved back to southern Italy with her mother and older sister, struggles to find her place, restlessly testing the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Catholic church.

Cristo si è fermato a Eboli = Christ Stopped at Eboli
"Levi, an intellectual exiled by the Fascist government during World War II to a mountain village in southern Italy, discovers the resilience and dignity of people who live close to the land."